Two people have been arrested in London after protesters dyed Trafalgar Square’s fountains blood red to call for the government to prevent future pandemics by ending factory farming.

The Animal Rebellion group said it staged the protest in central London on Saturday to draw attention to what it believes to be the real cause of the Covid-19 crisis – animal exploitation.

Some activists poured red dye into the fountains, standing up to their knees in the water. Others, dressed as sea creatures, held placards with the words “global boiling” and “don’t bait me” as they staged a socially distanced protest, claiming that the government has “blood on [its] hands”.

Stephanie Zupan, a representative of Animal Rebellion, said: “The government must now begin a transition towards a plant-based food system, or risk future zoonotic pandemics of catastrophic proportions.”

Zoonotic diseases are those that are transferred from animals to humans. Covid-19 is widely believed to have originated in an animal, mostly likely a bat, at a seafood market in Wuhan in late 2019. So-called wet markets – where live animals are traded – have been implicated in previous outbreaks of coronaviruses, in particular Sars.

Animal Rebellion said the action was coordinated with protests in 20 cities, including Bristol, Brighton and New York.

Kieran Blyth, another representative for the group, said: “These unsatisfactory and dangerous measures will only increase the risk of future pandemics. The government is playing with the potential of tens of thousands more deaths.”

The Metropolitan police said two people have been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

Musk’s ‘Mars ship’ prototype aces test flight

A prototype of SpaceX’s next-generation Starship vehicle has successfully flown to an altitude of 150m (500ft). The uncrewed test vehicle rose up on a plume of exhaust before deploying its landing legs and touching down softly. The flight was carried…

Toyota recalling 752,000 Prius cars for possible hybrid system failure

Why Prius drivers drive us crazy Toyota is recalling about 752,000 gas-electric hybrid vehicles worldwide because the engines can lose power and stall. (Toyota) The recall covers certain 2013 to 2015 Prius and 2014 to 2017 Prius v hybrids. The…

UK negotiators have only engaged with issues ‘in last week or two’, says EU

British negotiators in the trade and security talks with the EU have only started to engage with the most contentious issues “in the last week or two” after pressure from business groups, the European commissioner for trade has said. In…

Sport fans’ return to live events stalled as Johnson abandons further pilots

The sports industry has been dealt another blow after the government withdrew permission for some fans to watch events inside venues with immediate effect because of fears of rising Covid-19 infection rates. Around 300 fans had been allowed into the…